Shadow puppet, Bima

This puppet represents the character of the Bima (Bhima) in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Bhima is one of the five Pandawa (Pandava) brothers and is recognised by his large thumbnail, that he used to attack his enemies. Mahabharata and Ramayana are among the popular wayang stories performed in the Javanese 'wayang kulit', or leather shadow puppet theatre tradition.Wayang kulit is considered the highest of the performing arts. Performed in the royal courts of Java as early as the ninth century, this tradition continues to be treasured as one of the pusaka or sacred heirlooms of the court. Wayang kulit is traditionally performed on ritual feast days and religious ceremonies. It has also been adapted for television and public education campaigns.

Indigenous Name
wayang kulit
Date/Period
20th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: H85.4cm
Accession No.
XXXX-05216
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Suwanda Suna
Category
Theatre Artefacts